February 06, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

I purchased all these books on sale from $0.99 to $2.99. Unfortunately, a few of them have returned to normal prices, so double check before hitting the purchase button.

 

A few of the freebies I picked up have already gone back to their normal pricing.
Here are the books that are still free that you might find interesting:

 

Not a lot of impulse buys this week. Most of the books I chose were already on my wish list or something that I’ve had an eye on for a while. For the nerds out there, I did pick up a Dr. Who app for the phone. What a hoot!
 
What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



January 30, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What I purchased last week:

 

All of these books were $0.99 when I purchased them. Unfortunately, a number of them have gone back to their normal prices, so check the price before buying.

 

Most of the freebies I picked up have already gone back to their normal pricing. Here are some free books that you might yet find interesting:

 

I picked up a number of box sets this week that I’m excited to read. What books did you get? Have you read any of these?

 



January 29, 2016.

Smartphone Zombies

Image courtesy of Wikimedia Creative Commons via Ccmsharma2.

I’m amazed at how attached humans are to technology. This photo is called Smartphone Zombies and describes society very well. I’ll admit that I fall into this category. I’ve been guilty of walking in my front yard (a few acres) and reading my Kindle just like these kids.

 

Yesterday, I forgot my phone at home. I was a mile from work and seriously debated if I should turn back home to get my phone despite knowing that I would be 5 or 10 minutes late for work.

 

It took all my self-restraint to go to work. The loss of my phone made the whole day slow down to a crawl. I kept feeling like I was forgetting to do something.

 

Are you a smartphone zombie?

Have you ever forgotten your phone? Did you tough it out or go back for it?

 



January 20, 2016.

I fell in love with the first book of the Weird Girls Novels — Sealed with a Curse. Of Flame and Promise is a spin-off of the same series, where one of the sisters is the main lead. This book reminded me why I enjoyed this series so much, mixing romance and action in an irresistible combination!!

 

Title: Of Flame and Promise: A Weird Girls Novel

Author: Cecy Robson

Genre: Paranormal Romance

Publisher: Forever/Random House LLC via NetGalley

Release date: January 2016

Pages: 181

ASIN: B00WCXL1DS

 

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
Cursed by a spell meant to destroy them, Taran Wird and her sisters instead developed unique magical talents. With the power of fire and lightning literally at her fingertips, Taran doesn’t fear much. Demons, vamps, whatever—bring ’em on! Only one thing terrifies her: commitment.

 

Taran is crazy about her boyfriend, Gemini, a sexy were with the incredible ability to split into two separate wolves. But after watching her sister go through heartbreak with the pack’s Alpha, Taran knows not to count on happily ever after—despite Gemini’s desire to claim her as his mate. Reluctantly, she agrees to meet his very traditional and conservative parents. Taran’s a badass with a mouth to match, and Gemini loves her for it. She’s just not positive these attributes will please Mom and Dad.

 

Unsurprisingly, every attempt by Taran to bond with Gemini’s folks proves disastrous. But in the end, Taran finds that winning them over means unleashing her powers . . . and proving that this foul-mouthed fire-starter is a force to be reckoned with.

 

 

REVIEW:
Taran and her sisters were cursed, but the spell backfired, resulting in each girl inheriting a special gift. Together, the Weird family are an unstoppable combination . . . until they are dragged into the paranormal world of witches, vampires and weres. Neither a witch nor a were, they are considered outsiders and must fight for respect and their very survival in a world infested with demons and rogue tribe members bend on destroying the world. It’s so not a time to fall in love, but Taran has never had good timing and fell hard for Gemini. After a rough childhood, Taran’s not sure she believes in happy-ever-after, but when they are attacked, Taran vows to do whatever it takes to make sure Gemini survives . . . even if it means sacrificing everything.

 

I adore Taran and her foul mouth. Not only does she have a kick-ass power of controlling fire and lightning, she doesn’t take shit from anyone. She’s not afraid to put herself out there. The only thing holding her back is herself. Taran had a rough childhood and doesn’t believe in forever. I love the way Gemini tries his best to convince her otherwise. The meeting of the parents is hilarious! A few minor things held me back from 5 stars. It took me a little while to get into the book. Of Flame and Promise is a kind of prequel book, so it is not the next book in the series. I wished we had more time to get to know Gemini. He took a key roll in the fight scenes, but he almost seemed a side character in his own book. Also, one of Taran’s main hang-up is her rough childhood, but we’re never told what happened and left wondering. Despite all that, Of Flame and Promise reminded me why I loved the Weird Girls Novels so much. This book has everything — a touch of humor, sizzling magic, a kick-ass heroine, an adoring hero, and such great action scenes that I read the book in one sitting. Can’t wait for the next book in the series.

 

 

Previous books in the series (Aren’t the covers gorgeous!!):

There are also a number of novellas available as well.


 


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January 19, 2016.

Like the song says…Baby, It’s Cold Outside!Frost

 
Saturday had a high of -2, dropping down to a -22 at night. That would be -40 with wind chill.
 
Sunday had a high of -7.
 
Monday had a high of 2. Since I didn’t drive for the last two days, the auto-start on my car did not work.

 

One of my cats ventured outside for a little walk on the wild side. She stood around for a few seconds, then began picking up each foot and shaking them off. In under a minute, she turned tail and scurried back inside the safety of the house. *smart cat* Dog is not so smart and stayed out longer. After ten minutes, the dog came back inside with his whiskers and face all encrusted with snow from just breathing. Needless to say, he’s been staying cooped up in the house with me. All. Day. Long.

 

Let’s just say that labs are not meant to be indoor dogs and leave it at that. *sigh*

 

It’s been so cold that the computer in my car resets every night. It’s so cold that even letting my car warm up, I can still see my breath for a few minutes while driving.

 

So yeah, it’s cold here. We’re supposed to get a heat wave this weekend – a whopping high of 20 degrees. Score!

Do you have any cold weather stories? Is it any warmer where you are?

 


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January 16, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

 

What I purchased last week:


 
All of these books were $0.99 or $1.99. Score!
 

 
I also purchased the below books on sale as well, but unfortunately, they have since went back to their regular pricing. *bummer*

 

 
Of course, I managed to snag a few free books as well:

 

 

The research books I’m reading are going well, though I have to admit I did like some books more than others. What books did you get this week? What are you reading?
 



January 09, 2016.

StackingShelves

Stacking the Shelves, hosted by Tynga’s Reviews, is all about sharing the book you are adding to your shelves, may it be physical or virtual.

 

What deals I purchased last week:

 

 

All of these books were $0.99 of $1.99.

 

I purchased these books for research of my next book:

 

Yes, I know, it’s hard to be me at times. <big grin>

 

Here are a few free books I managed to snag:

 

What books did you get last week? Have you read any of these?

 



December 24, 2015.

Christmas-Santa

 

I haven’t been around a lot recently, stuck in a blogging slump, but I’m hoping to get back into the swing of things again soon. I’ve been procrastinating busy working on a new series. It’s something a little different from what I normally write—think Druids in Regency England—but it should be a hoot!

 

I’m doing a giveaway for my latest release to celebrate Christmas. Please follow the link on the right to enter for a chance to win a signed copy of Electric Legend.

 

Happy Holidays!

 


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December 07, 2015.

I’ve been following this series for years. The fantastic world building and wonderful characters in this series have always kept me coming back for more. Not to mention that the covers are just gorgeous!

 

 

Title: Cast in Honor (The Chronicles of Elantra) 

Author: Michelle Sagara 

Genre: Fantasy

Publisher: Mira via NetGalley

Release date: November 2015

Pages: 432

ASIN: B00URIDJB2

 

Rating: ★★★☆☆ 

 

DESCRIPTION:
In the aftermath of a vicious battle between darkness and light, the city of Elantra has emerged victorious. But Shadows continue to haunt every corner of its streets… 

 

Elantra stands strong, but countless numbers of Hawks, the city’s staunchest protectors, were lost in the brutal attack. Humans, Barrani, Aerians, Leontines—none of the races emerged unscathed from the defense of the city. Homes were lost, families were scattered…and the outcast Barrani Lord Nightshade is missing from his castle in the fiefs.

 

Yet as the chaos surrounding the battle begins to wane, Private Kaylin Neya’s duties must resume, despite her grief. Called in to investigate a triple murder in a quiet part of town, Kaylin and her companions are soon embroiled in a case that is anything but routine. Evidence of the deadly Shadows that still threaten the city leads to hints of ancient, forgotten magics…and everything can be traced directly to Ravellon, the heart of the Shadows and the darkness they contain.

 

But it is there that Lord Nightshade will be found—if he still survives.

 

 

REVIEW:
In the aftermath of battle, the city of Elantra tries to rebuild itself, but crime does not stop. Private Kaylin Neya is assigned a suspicious triple murder that involves the Shadows and magic. She is led on a merry chase through Elantra to gather clues, while struggling to keep her friends alive. If she can’t uncover the mystery behind the murders, the future of Elantra will crumble and turn to dust.

 

Usually, I like to give a little summation of the story, but not a lot actually happens in Cast in Honor. The characters move from one scene to the next, but they end up discussing the same issues over and over. Danger looms throughout the whole book, but nothing really develops. When the action finally starts to pick up, the story slows to a near stop, buried under all the details. I love Kaylin Neya and her magic, but her lack of direction and confusion has been over explained in the last few books. I want action and adventure and the thrill of the story that I fell in love with at the beginning of the series. Michelle Sagara does get points that Severn finally admits his feelings for Kaylin, but the one line at the end of the book felt much too little, too late. The book could’ve been cut in half and read so much better. Though I’ve been disappointed in the last few books, I’m not sure I’m ready to call this series quits yet. If I didn’t like this series so much, maybe I wouldn’t be so disappointed.
 

Previous books in the series:

 

 



November 24, 2015.

Happy Thanksgiving! I hope everyone has a safe and fun holiday week!

 

To celebrate, my latest book, Electric Legend, is now available at Amazon.

 

Isn’t this an awesome cover?!? *squee* I love the dragon and kick-ass sword!

 

Electric Legend

 

BLURB:

SOMETHING MALEVOLENT HAS INFECTED THE FREAK SHOW, SPREADING TERROR AND DEATH WHEREVER THE CIRCUS TRAVELS. ONE VISIT WILL ENCHANT YOU, BUT DON’T DARE STAY PAST DARK OR YOU MIGHT NEVER LEAVE.

 

After her recent nearly-fatal case as a paranormal consultant, Raven decides to take a much-needed vacation with her pack. They stop at a freak show, a circus owned by the paranormal, and stumble upon a case … or to be more precise, the pack is kidnapped and held hostage.

 

WHAT WOULD YOU RISK FOR LOVE…

 

Raven plots their escape, knowing that if even one thing goes wrong the circus would vanish overnight without a trace, taking her pack with them. When her newly awakened dragon sabotages their every attempt to leave, Raven must depend on her wits alone to discover who is terrorizing and killing the shifters in the circus before her pack becomes the next target. Her situation only grows more precarious when the bonds between her pack begin to unravel. To save them all before it’s too late, Raven will have to make the ultimate sacrifice.

 

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Excerpt:

One shifter and one human to see the freak show.”

 

Raven stood back, keeping her senses locked down tight as the man at the ticket counter cast her a quick glance. Short and squat, his face wrinkled, his eyes sunk into his skull, he reminded her of one of those evil garden gnomes. She felt exposed standing there, vulnerable under his stare. He probed her mind, and it was everything she could do not to shove back at the intrusion. He narrowed his eyes when he couldn’t break her shields, pushing harder until it felt like her skull was about to crack.

 

The probe was messy.

 

No finesse.

 

Though not alpha strength, the signature all wrong, it was still pretty damned strong.

 

He tried to force her beast to react. If directed at anyone weaker, they wouldn’t have been able to resist the call, especially after he’d amped up the juice. He studied her eyes, teeth and hands like some specimen on the auction block, looking for signs of a change.

 

After a minute, the old, grisly man grunted then turned toward Taggert, his faded eyes glowing a pale blue. “Show me.”

 

Taggert’s wolf leapt toward the surface, barely contained by his body, and all the hair on her arms rose at the unbridled wildness.

 

Rogue.

 

Her throat closed at the implications. If anyone mistook him for a rogue, they’d be well within their rights to kill him on sight and ask questions later. She stepped closer, ready to protect him if anyone dared to lift a hand against him. While the dragon wanted to revel in his wildness, the human side of her just wanted to ease him. To have their animal so close to the surface was painful, even more so when they couldn’t shift like Taggert. It was all she could do not to run her hand down his back and soothe the wildness, even if everyone discovered that she wasn’t exactly human.

 

Her hackles rose as the old man continued to stare. It was a clear challenge, and she narrowed her eyes, struggling to hold back her dragon as it raged inside her body, wanting to rip the toady little man to shreds for the disrespect. “Everything all right?”

 

Her words were a demand.

 

A second passed in painful silence, and Raven feared she’d messed up when he finally spoke.

 

“One hundred and fifty.” The man slid over two wristbands, one black and one white. She grabbed the one placed in front of her, slipping the white plastic over her wrist, watching Taggert from under her lashes. He appeared calm, as if nothing had happened. That was when she realized it was normal for him to be treated as a second-class citizen. She hurt for him and the unfairness of it all. Taggert donned the black band, and then paid the fee.

 

Raven was surprised at the amount of cash he carried. “So much?”

 

The man answered before Taggert could speak. “We charge extra for the human gawkers.”

 

 

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If you enjoyed this brief glimpse of Electric Legend, please visit Amazon to find out what adventure Raven and her pack get into next!